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Guilderland Players to present ‘Night Watch’

Thriller is a change of pace for high school acting troupe

Eliana Rowe, playing Elaine Wheeler, and Avery Maycock, playing John Wheeler, perform during rehearsal Friday, Nov. 1. The Guilderland Players will perform “Night Watch” on November 7, 8, and 9 in the high school auditorium.

Eliana Rowe, playing Elaine Wheeler, and Avery Maycock, playing John Wheeler, perform during rehearsal Friday, Nov. 1. The Guilderland Players will perform “Night Watch” on November 7, 8, and 9 in the high school auditorium. Photo by John Purcell.

— “Once they have the basics, I think they really enjoy the story and the telling of it,” Maycock said. “There are really wonderfully dramatic, explosives elements in this story that I think are going to really surprise people.”

The most challenging aspect is getting kids to attend rehearsals, said Maycock, with all of the other commitments students have from athletics to having a job. He stresses students to practice memorizing their lines so everything goes smoothly on the big night.

Maycock said sophomore Eliana Rowe, who plays the main character, has been great at playing Elaine Wheeler. He said what’s unusual about this play is how much Rowe’s character drives each scene, which also requires a lot of lines to memorize.

“I think she feels a lot of pressures, which she is handling great,” said Maycock.

Rowe said playing the lead role is sometimes difficult while balancing coursework and other extracurricular activities. Also if she doesn’t remember her lines, the play could come to a standstill.

“I have been in plays before, but it would be a funny character and I have never really had to play a serious character,” said Rowe, “so that was difficult and fun.”

Oddly enough, Rowe said she didn’t want the role at first, but she has grown to “really like” playing her character. She has also found some similarities between her and her character.

“I am usually a shy person, but when I get on stage it is kind of different because then I get to be someone else,” Rowe said. “And I don’t have to be myself, and I don’t have to deal with my problems … I can just go. That is really helpful, and that is really nice.”

The Guilderland Players will perform “Night Watch” on Nov. 7, 8, and 9 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door on the night of the first showing. The high school PTA will also be hosting the concession stand each night.

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